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What would a character most like to do before he/she dies?

Bucket list of Dr. Margaret Amis-Hollings from Passionate Destiny @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #paranormal #PNRLet’s meet Dr. Margaret Amis-Hollings from Passionate Destiny, a paranormal erotic romance by Dee S Knight. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Passionate Destiny by Dee S Knight

Genre Paranormal erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Dr. Margaret Amis-Hollings, professor of women’s studies at a small New Jersey college, is a woman who confidently knows who she is and what she expects of life. Until she loses her teaching position and her well-ordered life gets turned upside down. Then, in a subtle stroke of whimsy, fate tosses her a gift in an historic home and property in Virginia.
Harboring visions of Gone With the Wind, she determines to use River Peace as a temporary reprieve from her troubles. Images of Tara quickly evaporate when she arrives to discover the reality of her inheritance, however.
River Peace has history, grace and style going for it. After only one night, Margaret discovers that it also has a ghost. She’s visited by a male spirit from the time of the War Between the States, who knows how to make a woman feel special. And very loved, indeed.
Aaron Belton meets Margaret when she first arrives in Virginia. He’s renowned for historic renovations on a multitude of properties, but he’s got a special place in his heart for River Peace. He and his family believe the property always should have belonged to them. In fact, Aaron will do almost anything to make that happen. When his passion for the house changes to a passion for the house’s owner, Aaron’s as surprised as anyone. Can he gain both? To do so, he’ll have to face a spectral being.
And his own destiny.
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: Early 30s—a woman’s prime
Gender: Proudly female
Birthplace: New Jersey
Profession: Professor of Women’s Studies
Ethnicity: Yankee
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I have auburn hair that is (sadly) curly and nearly untamable, blue eyes, and a slim 5’8″ frame.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Until recently, I taught as a full professor at a college in New Jersey. Due to cut backs, they did away with the Women’s Studies courses (can you imagine??) and I found myself wondering how I would make ends meet. Wouldn’t you know, that very week I received notice from a lawyer in Virginia that a relative I didn’t know had left me a mansion in Virginia. Now, even a feminist can be a little romantic now and then, so naturally I imagined Tara, or something close. But my natural realistic tendencies took over when I saw the poor old, dilapidated structure River Peace really was. However, I can be stubborn and demanding, and I soon determined who would do the work so I could sell the place. After all, the little berg in central Virginia where the house was located was not for me. The pace was too slow, the people were too nosy (some would say friendly, but they would be wrong), and the whole state not New Jersey. Does that tell you enough?
Who is the significant other in your life?
At one time I was married to Jackson Hollings, a colleague at my college with an unfortunate penchant for teaching assistants. Now I have a strong attraction for the man making the repairs on my house, Aaron Belton. My God! The man is attractive in a visceral way. But strange. Very strange. He gave up a professorship at a nearby prestigious university in order to work on old houses. The sex is great but the man is a little weird.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

Only child.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
A doll but even as a child I never liked Barbie, who exemplifies the physical side of a woman instead of her mind and accomplishments. In my opinion, every Barbie should come with a big, fat pimple on her chin and love handles to remind girls that even so-called beautiful women have real life to deal with.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Thank God I have a high metabolism because I like almost all food. I do stay away from fried food, however. That is, I did until Aaron took me to the diner in town. Southerners do have a way with fried chicken, don’t they? Best I’ve ever had!
Tell us about your best friend.
I guess before he cheated on me, my husband would have been my best friend. Jackson is a real charmer, and I’m not unaware of them even now that we’re divorced. He’s a great teacher and a lot of fun. He also has a fine mind and a challenging way about him, always keeping me on my toes. He’s attractive (though not in Aaron’s league), and I always enjoyed being on his arm when we went out. Weirdly, Jackson’s also a bit of a gossip, and all of my girlfriends loved being around him. He mixes well with men or women—is that strange?
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
Truthfully, until coming to Virginia, I never saw much reason to leave New Jersey. We have the shore and mountains close by in Pennsylvania. New York City isn’t far from where I lived and neither is the countryside. I had everything I thought a person could want, all within a hundred miles of my home, so why pay good money to go anywhere else? Now, with Aaron, there are any number of places I’d like to see. He gives everything a new perspective. I would like to explore how women lived in the past (maybe Rome or Greece) and the present (Peru, maybe, or Tanzania). I feel like the world has opened for me after moving just a few hundred miles south.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Aaron and I recently visited Haiti for one of Aaron’s consulting jobs. The poverty was so overwhelming. It made me feel helpless and determined to make some kind of difference at the same time.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
Queen Elizabeth. People make fun of her for some reason, but she’s set the standard for how to live a decent, good life in public service, through good times and bad. And to serve as queen for all these years you know she has to have a backbone.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
Any boorish man who thinks he knows what’s best for a woman.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
1920. I would be among the first women able to vote for president of the Unites States.

About Dee S Knight

A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

I’m not sure what the biggest challenge (problem) was exactly, but I almost didn’t finish it. I started it in February and by November, I said to myself that if I didn’t finish by Thanksgiving I was going to virtually shove it under the bed with the dust bunnies. Fortunately I had a small mercy to be thankful for because I sent it to Liquid Silver the week before the holiday. From when I started to when I finished, I wrote one other whole book and several novellas, just because I couldn’t get off the dime with Margaret and Aaron. I’m so happy I did finish because Passionate Destiny has almost all 5 rated reviews and was a Top Pick in Romantic Times magazine!

Why did you choose this character for the interview today?

I’ve always liked Margaret. She was based on my boss when I worked in New Jersey, and if he read the book he would immediately know. I loved working for Joe and I like to think that I gave Margaret some of his character that made her spunky and sassy. It’s been a while since Passionate Destiny was released and I’d like to do a bit more with it.

Are any sequels planned for this book?

When the book came out I was asked to write a sequel but usually when I finish writing a book I ‘m ready to put the characters away. Since then I’ve thought about a sequel and even a prequel. Virginia has such a rich history that it would be easy to draw from for another book or two with Margaret, Aaron and their families.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That I was a professional editor for training materials—pretty boring stuff! It made writing fiction a good release in the evenings.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

Thank you! I’ve appreciated your support over the years and now!!

Where to buy Passionate Destiny

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Bucket list of Daniel Goodman from Only a Good Man Will Do @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #romanceLet’s meet Daniel Goodman from Only a Good Man Will Do, an erotic romance by Dee S Knight. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Only a Good Man Will Do by Dee S Knight

Genre Erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Seriously ambitious man seeks woman to encourage his goals, support his (hopeful) position as Headmaster of Westover Academy, and be purer than Caesar’s wife. Good luck with that!
Daniel Goodman is a man on a mission. For years he has striven for perfection, fighting for the pinnacle achievement in his world of academia, Headmaster of Westover Academy. Westover, established before the American Revolution, is still one of the most prestigious schools in the country. They accept only boys whose parents fit a certain mold and only those teachers who hold to a stringent set of mores, on and off campus. Jonah considers his brother a prig. Daniel sees himself as doing his best to serve his students. How much better can he serve them as headmaster? That is what he seeks to find out.
Suddenly, into his cut and dried, strictly black and white life of moral and upright behavior, comes Eve Star, formerly one of Europe’s foremost exotic dancers. Her life is anything but cut and dried, black and white. Bad enough that she’s enrolled her son in Westover Academy under false pretenses. More, she runs the town’s most disreputable bar. Worst, much to Daniel’s dismay, he finds himself drawn to her like a kid to chocolate. Nothing good can come of this attraction. Or can it? He is after all, a good man.
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Answer these questions as the character. Please write on the same line.
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Lucky Strike, NC
Profession: Educator
Ethnicity: Caucasion
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
6’1″, hazel eyes, hair trimmed short and neat, trim figure, clean-shaven, always impeccably dressed
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I teach buys at the prestigious Westover Academy, a preparatory school for boys in New Hampshire. I started there eight years ago after teaching elsewhere for four years and gaining my PhD. I’m bookish and not embarrassed about that. I love working with my charges, both the younger boys who live in my dorm and the older boys, whom I teach English literature. The pinnacle of my career would be to become headmaster of Westover, and that is my current goal and why I need a woman who can fit in to the school culture and help support my dream.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Sadly, my obsession is with a woman who cannot fit into the school culture and would never be accepted as my wife–should I reach my goal of becoming headmaster. She’s Eve Star, a former exotic dancer. Or, let’s call a spade a spade, a former stripper, well-known on the European stage.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

I’m one of a set of identical triplets. Mother never told us who was born first, middle, or last. Maybe because she didn’t really know herself.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
Books. Always books.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
As a child, my palate was simple–pinto beans and cornbread was great. Since dining at school I’ve come to appreciate a good roast. I understand that Eve makes an exceptional roast–I wonder if she would make one for me.
Tell us about your best friend.
My brothers, Mark and Jonah, were always my best friends. I stayed by myself a lot, though, losing myself in books. Here at school, my best friend on the faculty is Stan Baxter.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
Great Britain because so much great literature and poetry emerged from there, and Italy because that’s where Eve lived for years. I’d like to see it through her eyes.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
To live? Lucky Strike. It’s home and I have good memories of there, but people there think of me as one of the Goodman boys. I’ve worked hard to be my own man and I don’t want to be thought of as one of three again.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
What literature teacher wouldn’t want to meet Shakespeare? But also Matthew Arnold because of his great poetry and his critical view on society and culture.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
Sydney Thomas. Her father is an important man on the Westover Academy board and Sydney fancies herself my champion. She’s a nice woman but she makes it known that she has more than a casual interest in me. It’s annoying because Sydney would make a perfect headmaster’s wife but Eve is driving me crazy with desire.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
The very early 17th century to view Shakespeare’s plays performed in the original Globe Theatre.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Revising the original storyline. It started years ago as a duo book with Vanessa Hart. She had been writing the part of Daniel’s twin brother, Jonah. When Vanessa gave her permission for me to continue the story alone, I had to fill in the parts she would have written. I also changed the twin story to triplets. There was quite a bit to do from a differing perspective, but I like the new direction.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
He’s the hero in the first book in The Good Man Series, a play on Daniel’s last name, Goodman. I like him–I can identify with him, having taught boys for a good number of years myself.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
How good a man he is. I mean, he can be a snob, but in his heart, he’s good. I like him!
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Yes, Jonah and Mark each get their own books. Jonah is a mechanic who gets a second chance at love–if he doesn’t screw things up again!–and Mark is a true genius who doesn’t recognize that the best thing in his life is before his very eyes.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Hmmm… I’ve written futuristic, sweet (under a different name), ménage, and paranormal, so I’m not sure. I do have in mind a series that’s sweeter than The Good Man Series and will be written when I end with the Goodmans.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
That I look like a sweet grandma who knows nothing about erotic romance. So untrue! ;)
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
The story itself is good–it’s not all sex, though Daniel has healthy male appetites. Reviews have been wonderful and I think the believable characters will draw readers in. That was my goal, anyway!
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
I love all of you! Thank you for inviting me into your reading world! And thank you, Kayelle for this opportunity!

Where to buy Only a Good Man Will Do

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Dee S Knight Social Media

A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors. I love to hear from people, so please do contact me.
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Bucket list of Richie Raggalio from The Perfect Pitch @karencino #RLFblog #WomensFiction RomanceLet’s meet Richie Raggalio from The Perfect Pitch, a Women’s Fiction Romance by Karen Cino. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino

Genre Women’s Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17
Francine and Richie Raggalio are high school sweethearts. Francine owns her own real estate business and Richie pitches for the New York Pelicans. Richie hurts his shoulder while pitching the first game of the season, not the way he wants to end his career. When Francine is left an abandoned restaurant from someone from her past, things begin to spiral out of control. The mystery of a hidden basement brings Francine and her friends together to do their own investigation, which puts them in the middle of a smuggling ring. Will Richie get through his surgery so he can retire on top of his game? And will Francine and her friends solve the mystery of the hidden basement?
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 39
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Professional Baseball Player
Ethnicity: Italian American
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m your typical athlete. I’m tall, slim and muscular. I have wavy brown hair that I let grow past the nape of my neck during the off season, and I’m clean shaven.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m living the dream. I’m a professional ballplayer, the top pitcher in my field. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, the love of my life. I have a family who is supportive of me, and a mother who can be quite overbearing. I live comfortably and take care of my parents too.
Who is the significant other in your life?
My Francine. When I met her she was in foster care. I took a bit for my parents to get use to her, but once they did, they fell in love with her too. She treated my parents as if they were her own. She is a fun loving, caring person who stood by me from when I threw my first pitch in high school.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

The one and only!
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
From as young as I can remember, I always walked around with a baseball in my hand. A ball and glove were my best friends.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Now that’s a touch question. I love Italian food. Eggplant parmigiana is on top of the list and next homemade manicotti. I don’t cook as my mother is the chef in the family when it comes to authentic Italian food.
Tell us about your best friend.
My pal is Jason. Jason plays professional football. We don’t get together as much as we like because of our careers.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
Italy and Hawaii. Italy because my parents still have relatives who live in Tuscan and Palermo. And Hawaii because it’s one of the only states that I haven’t been to, plus the beaches are said to be beautiful.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Even though Alaska is beautiful, I would rather be in the warm climate than in the cold.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
I’d love to met Tom Seaver. Like him, I won the CY Award. He is a legend and I was told by my high school coach that I had the same form as him.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
There is no one in particular, but as a whole, I would like to avoid the haters and bullies of the world. I’ve seen so many peers lose their confidence because of hateful words. I try my best to only stay around positive people.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d love to travel back five years to game seven of the World Series. I’d like the chance to throw a curve ball instead of the fastball. To this day I still can’t believe I threw a one hitter, and that hit was a homerun, causing us to lose 1-0.

Tell us about The Perfect Pitch

Publisher Mandolay Press
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Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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